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Home security has become about much more than just security.

Trends in the Home Security Industry

15-20 years ago people paid a huge, upfront cost ($3K-10K) for their home security systems, and the technology they used was a basic, hardwired panel over a land line that would notify the central station of the emergency through a dialup connection. At this point, only about 5% of homes had security systems. Then, about 10 years later, APX Alarm and others came along and made home security more affordable, but the technology had remained basically the same, with the only major upgrade being wireless technology.

But in the last 3 years, technology has exploded. Now everyone is doing everything on their smart phones, like money transfers, Facebook and Skype; but until recently, the security industry had remained the same. This was mainly because upgrading the technology would require the larger security companies to go out and make those system changes for all of their millions of customers, and there was enough pressure on the industry that nobody wanted to change.

Our Vision

When we chose 2-Gig and Alarm.com as our partners, we asked ourselves, “What do we believe is the future for home security?” Since so many people have ditched their land lines for cell phones, we wanted to use a cellular technology that would allow people without a land line to:

  • Communicate through a two-way voice panel
  • Have the peace of mind that their system would never be disabled because someone cut their phone line
  • Receive automatic updates to their system software without having to schedule an appointment with a tech

When we designed our “Safe, Smart” home security system, we envisioned a beautiful color touch-screen panel that would become a platform in the home to serve the family and allow them to conveniently control their home. In other words, we wanted more than a mere home security system; we wanted a service system that would be able to do many different jobs for the customer.

We wanted our customers to be able to use their computers and smart phones to arm and disarm their system, check on their kids, receive notifications, view video surveillance, adjust their thermostat, turn the coffee pot on, and control their lights and door locks. we wanted a simple to operate, affordable system which would let homeowners take advantage of our years of HVAC experience to reduce their energy footprint.

Living the Dream

What started as a dream is now a reality for our customers!

Have your kids ever forgotten to lock the door when they run out? Mine do. But right now on my phone I can check to make sure all my doors are locked, and I can turn off all my lights and appliances with a touch of a button. Getting locked out of my house will never be a problem for me again. I can program a timer on my lights when we are gone on vacation.

The energy management, 2 way voice, home automation and severe weather alert services have added a lot of value to the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe home security system. People are experiencing this value and embracing it and, because of this, other companies are adopting similar technology. The percentage of people who have security systems in their homes has now grown to around 20%

About Burns & McBride

Our job is to provide essential services to homeowners. one of those essential services is home security and automation. We provide affordable home automation to help protect families, allow them to use energy more wisely and simplify their lives.The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system uses Z-wave technology to tie things like locks, thermostats and lights together so that you can control them whether you are home or away. Burns & McBride has been providing essential home services since 1949. To learn more about Burns & McBride’s Smart, Safe Home can help you – call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Severe Weather Alerts – Standard on Smart, Safe Home System

Customers will now be alerted by their Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home security control panel when severe weather is headed their way

Burns & McBride Home Comfort and Alarm.com today announced the release of new Severe Weather Alerts that provides customers advanced warning of impending severe weather in their area. Alarm.com tracks severe weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service and provides real-time alerts to customers when a severe weather warning is issued near their home or business. Things like flooding, thunderstorm, high wind  or hurricane warnings will be sent out to you automatically. The alerts are integrated with Alarm.com’s proven technology platform and are delivered directly to the customer’s security control panel giving them additional time to seek protection from dangerous weather conditions.

Alarm.com technology is standard on every Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system.

Since 2000, Alarm.com has been the leading provider of interactive security services for homes and businesses. This new capability extends beyond the traditional property line to alert people of external events which could put their families and belongings at risk. Many people are caught off-guard in severe weather situations because they are not listening to the radio or watching TV when a weather warning is issued. Alarm.com’s  Severe Weather Alerts ensure that if a person is inside their home or business he or she will be forewarned when a tornado, tsunami or fire is headed their way.

“Our goal is to use innovative technology to improve the safety and security of people and their property.  With Severe Weather Alerts we recognized a very valuable way to leverage our capability of having the security system in the home be connected with external events like severe weather conditions.” said Alarm.com CEO, Steve Trundle. “By developing new capabilities like Severe Weather Alerts we strive to give people more time to react and help reduce the number of people harmed during these unfortunate events.”

Burns & McBride, deployed Severe Weather Alerts throughout their customer base this spring and is including it on a standard feature on their Smart, Safe Home system.
Tom McBride of Burns & McBride, recognized the impact and benefit Severe Weather Alerts could have for Burns & McBride customers. “We worked closely with our partners, 2Gig Technology and Alarm.com on the release of this life saving feature to our customers. . This potentially life-saving feature is just one more way that we accomplish our company mission of protecting families.”

Burns & McBride and Alarm.com is committed to developing innovative products and features to increase security, safety and convenience for their customers.  For more information on Alarm.com’s products, services and technology, visit www.alarm.com.

About Alarm.com

Alarm.com, founded in 2000, is the industry leading technology provider of interactive security solutions. Through advanced wireless monitoring, mobile and web-based services, and a proven hosted services platform, Alarm.com helps protect hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout the United States and Canada. Alarm.com’s products and services are offered exclusively through a network of over 2,000 licensed and authorized Security Dealers. Alarm.com’s headquarters is located in Vienna, VA. For more information, visit www.alarm.com.

About Burns & McBride

Burns & McBride Home Comfort was founded in 1949 and is committed to providing dependable home comfort and safety services to homeowners throughout the Delaware alley. In addition to home security sales through its unique Smart, Safe Home system, it also provides homeowners with HVAC services, heating oil delivery and waste and recycling services. For more information on Burns & McBride please call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Home Security 101 – What is “Z-Wave”?

Z-Wave: The New Standard in Wireless Remote Control

Z-Wave makes any home a “smart home” – quickly, easily and affordably! Z-Wave is a wireless system that lets all your home electronics “talk” to each other, and to you, via remote control. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets – sort of like a baby monitor. Z-Wave control can be added to almost any electronic device in your house, even devices that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of as “intelligent,” such as appliances, window shades, thermostats and home lighting.


Z-Wave ties all your home electronics into one integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be  added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. In seconds, your device gets joined to the network and can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and controllers.

And Z-Wave lets you control these devices in ways that give you complete command even when you’re not at home yourself. You can control your Z-Wave household remotely from a PC and the Internet from anywhere in the world…even through your cell phone!

• Z-Wave Is Simple – Z-Wave control is easily added to almost any device in minutes. Simply plug the device you want to control into a Z-Wave module, and “join” it to your Z-Wave network!

• Z-Wave Is Modular – With Z-Wave, you can add as much or as little home control as you want over time.  You can add Z-Wave to a device, a room, a floor or the entire home, according to your needs and desires.

• Z-Wave Is Affordable – Unlike costly whole-home control systems that need special wiring and professional installation, Z-Wave is accessible and easy for the do-it-yourselfer.

• Z-Wave Is Powerful – Z-Wave’s intelligent mesh networking ‘understands” the present status of any enabled device, and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual control commands you want.

• Z-Wave Is Versatile – Z-Wave can be added to almost anything in your home that uses electricity, and gives you the power to control or monitor them from your home or away from home.

• Z-Wave Is Intelligent – Z-Wave enabled devices can work together as a team.  Have your garage door turn on your house lights when you come home. Have your door locks notify you when your children arrive home from school. Turn your downstairs lights off from upstairs.  Create your own intelligent control “scenes” with Z-Wave!

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system uses Z-wave technology to tie things like locks, thermostats and lights together so that you can control them whether you are home or away. To learn more about Burns & McBride’s Smart, Safe Home can help you – callus at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at www.burnsandmcbride.com

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Go!Control-The Heart of Your Home Management System

The Burns & McBride Go! Control panel from 2Gig Technology offers all in one affordable security and home management solution. With an LCD touchscreen and remote control ability, it is the base that we will build your home management system on

You’ve probably never heard of a company called 2GIG Technologies or the Go!Control, but they are really starting to make a name for themselves in the interactive home security system arena. 2GIG has developed what we consider to be the iPhone of home security systems and it is the heart of the Burns & McBride Smart Safe Home system. They have grown to be the second largest manufacturer of home security systems in the past three years and the unit was just awarded a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy award.

The Go!Control panel is one of the most intuitive, feature-packed, well designed home security systems that we have ever dealt with.

The first thing that catches your eye is its’ clean looks. There is no numeric keypad instead it has a bright LCD touchscreen instead.

The Go!Control system features:

  • Wireless sensors (no running cables)
  • Alarm service via cell service (bad guys can’t cut your cell connection)
  • Home automation control of thermostats, light switches, and door locks (if you choose these options and pay the associated fees to the alarm service provider)
  • Arming, disarming, and sensor notification via your smart phone or a  Secure Web Site
  • Arming and disarming via wireless keyfob (similar to how you unlock a car with a remote)
  • Smoke / Fire / Flood alarm relay capability (with purchase of optional sensors)
  • Built-in speakerphone for talking with the alarm service provider (optional service)
  • Weather Display
  • “Smart” Thermostat technology to reduce your energy bills

Our basic Smart Safe Home kit comes with 3 wireless door / window contact sensors, a motion sensor, a keyfob for arming and disarming the system, a Honeywell “Smart” thermostat, yard sign,  the main control panel itself, a power adapter and battery, and a cellular card that installs into the control panel.

The unit is backed by a one year parts and labor warranty plus Burns & McBride backs the unit with aits own 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are unhappy with the performance of the unit, and we are unable to satisfy you, we will remove it at no charge within one year of installation and refund your money. That’s how strongly we believe you’ll like the unit.

The device does not need a standard telephone line since it comes with a built in cell phone. Your alarm cell service cost is built into your monthly alarm service fee.

The system will be installed by a trained, licensed Burns & McBride technician.

The touchscreen experience is much more intuitive than the old school keypads offered by other security system providers. In addition to the touchscreen, the system also features a large fire/emergency buttons in the event that you are too panicked to fiddle with the touch screen. It also features a home button that takes you back to the main menu similar to the home button on an iPhone.

The system features voice responses for just about every event, such as opening a door. You can build your own custom voice responses by stringing together words found in the built-in word bank.

The system is highly expandable. You can easily add other sensors such as smoke/fire and glass break sensors at any time.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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